In a couple of weeks, the Minnesota Vikings are going to have a pretty big opportunity to get over their prime time football phobia.
Thanks to the New York Giants defeating the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football this evening, the Week 16 contest at TCF Bank Stadium between the Giants and Vikings has officially been moved to NBC's Sunday Night Football. The game will now kick off at 7:30 PM Central time on Sunday, 27 December.
The Vikings haven't been great in prime time games recently. On the bright side, many of those prime time games have been on the road. If my memory serves me correctly, the last prime time game that the Vikings hosted was a Thursday night affair against the Washington Redskins back in Week 10 of 2013. In that game, the Vikings held off a furious last-minute rally from Washington to win 34-27.
While the Vikings' recent record in prime time games is problematic, this is a hump that this team is going to have to get over eventually. . .after all, there aren't a lot of noon Central time kickoffs in the NFL post-season. If this team wants to take the next step, they're going to have to start winning when the lights are brightest, and they're going to be awfully bright at TCF Bank Stadium twelve days from now.
So, once again, the Week 16 match-up between the New York Football Giants and the Minnesota Vikings has been moved to Sunday Night Football on NBC. Plan your television viewing and/or travel plans accordingly.